Top 5 Super Foods for Moms!
Wednesday March 2, 2011see more by jen
We connected via email when she joined Team Tiny Oranges and signed up to run her first half marathon with us on May 1st!
Sharon is currently holding a FUNdraiser <– click for details! which for only a $5 donation includes a Podcast Class on the benefits of CHOCOLATE and a Recipe E-book of her favorite chocolately recipes.
After reading more about her, I asked her if she would be so kind as to write me a little guest post. I wanted her opinion on the Top 5 Super Foods for Moms that she would recommend the most. You know, foods that will give us the energy we need to get through the day!
I love what she wrote because some of the items are not the typical things you read about.
Mom Super Foods
As a busy mom of twins, training for a ½ marathon and running a business I find it is important to fuel my body with foods that will keep my energy up and at the same time make healthy choices to keep my body vibrant and well.
But making the right choices of foods can be confusing and overwhelming, there are so many fad diets and food facts on the market it is a no wonder we often just give up. As a health coach I tell my clients, don’t try to do too much at once, rather take small steps and slowly incorporate new foods into your lifestyle that will give you the results you want and become a way of life instead of a quick fix.
Here are my top 5 foods I recommend you start adding to your grocery list. I like to call them the Mom Super Foods, they will help sustain you and give you the energy lift you need as well as helping you maintain over all health. Plus they are easy to add in to any lifestyle without too much work or time.
Dark leafy greens (Kale, Spinach etc)
…are very rich in vitamins and minerals and are purifying for the blood as well as improving your circulation, which gives you more energy and strengthens your immunity, two things multitasking moms need. Sneak them into a smoothie or enjoy in a salad. They are delicious sautéed in a little olive oil with garlic too.
Quinoa (Pronounced KEEN-Wah)
…has the highest nutritional profile and cooks the fastest of all grains, great for busy moms. Quinoa is a complete protein and has equal protein to milk. These little grains are a very high-energy grain, helping you sustain your energy for longer. Quinoa is very versatile, you can mix in with vegetables, eat it alone as you would rice or you can add nut milk and dried fruit and nuts for a sweet breakfast treat.
…are great for your heart, and with heart disease being the number one killer of women we need to take care of our organ that gives so much love. These little green gems are rich in oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that may help lower cholesterol. They are also a good source of potassium, which can reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke. If that is not enough, they are also rich in foliate, a nutrient important for heart health.
…these little black seeds might be more familiar to you as Chia Pets but they are more than a decorative seed, they are more nutritionally dense than flax seeds or soy. They are very rich in Omega 3s, which are an anti-inflammatory, great for our heart, brain and joints. Chia seeds also have 6x the calcium of milk promoting healthy bones. You can add chia seeds to nearly any baked goods, or add them into your smoothies. You can also grind 1 tlbs chia seeds and mix with 2 tbls water as an egg substitute in baked goods. They add a great crunch sprinkled over a salad.
…yes I know what you are thinking – chocolate –healthy? Well dark chocolate is a super food but you must have one that is 73% cocoa or above to get all the health benefits. This is a sweet treat to have around when your sweet tooth is acting up, just a small amount is satisfying and at the same time you get a good dose of antioxidants as cocoa has more antioxidants than blueberries! And it lifts your mood, great when your nerves are feeling a little stretched with the many hats a mom wears.
Want to learn more about the health benefits of dark chocolate?
For a (completely tax deductible) donation of $5 or more to Sharon’s personal fundraising page for our PCRF team, you will receive a Podcast Class on the fun health benefits of chocolate and a Healthy Chocolate Recipe E-Book filled with healthy recipes you can make at home! So fun!
Thanks Sharon! I bought my first box quinoa this past weekend and am curious to try it out! All great tips! I can’t wait to high five you on May 1st! Thank you for joining and supporting our team! xo Jen